Well hello there! Happy New Year! I’ve had a little seasonal break from my blog which has been really relaxing and something I definitely needed, but now I’m back and ready to get going!

I’m going to start this post of with the usual disclaimer that come with these types of posts. I am posting just a few of the bits I got for Christmas not for showing off, but simply because at this time of the year these are the posts I love to read and actually seek out, so I thought I’d join in for anyone who is as nosy as me. Naturally I am very grateful for everything I received but Christmas will always be so much more than presents for me. Now lets get on with some lovely gifts shall we?

I aware I am massively late to the game with this one, but to be honest I was perfectly happy with my Liz Earle cleanser so although I wanted to give the Emma Hardie cleanser a go, I was in no great rush. However I am really enjoying this product, everything from the packaging to the gorgeous smell makes me swoon. Obviously it’s not exactly cheap but it certainly feels worth the money. It works in that you take a smudge of product and mix it with water until it create a paste which you then massage gently into your face before removing with a micro fibre cloth. I haven’t been using this long enough to confirm if it lives up to its promises of cleansing my pores and calming my skin but I’m expecting great things from such a cult product!


I’m a total list person, so this notebook from my in-laws was a really great choice for me. I find nothing more satisfying than creating a list and then striking each one off one by one, it’s sad but I get such a great sense of achievement. The design on the front is truly gorgeous and I love how it is split into different segments inside, including tabs so you can find pages easily, sticky notes to remind Matt to hoover and a big old notepad for multiple uses. I’ll certainly get a lot of use out of this present!


You might think this is quite a strange one but when we went to America, I fell in love with these Flipz chocolate covered pretzels. I think it’s the sweet and salty combo but they are incredibly moreish and I’ve been craving them ever since we got home. Fortunately my Dad managed to hunt them down on Amazon and brought me three packets (one of which has already been inhaled!) for Christmas – I could not have been more delighted!


Oh my, these slipper boots from my Mum are the comfiest things! I love slipping my cold feet into the fluffy soles of these. The outside is a mixture of cable knit and faux fur, helping make them the snuggliest treat for my feet!


I would be lying if I didn’t say this illustrated Harry Potter & the Philospher’s Stone didn’t make me hugely excited when I wrapped it. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and this just seemed a must have for any Potter head. It’s a truly beautiful book, full of the most incredible illustrations by Jim Kay. Somehow, these images put a whole different spin on the much loved story and you can’t help but drink in all the illustrations. I love the idea of reading this book to my children and you just know they’d find the introduction of the pictures really appealing. This really is something I’m going to treasure forever and I desperately hope that they release all of the other books in this fashion as I will be the first in queue to buy them all.


Last but not least was Matt’s present. I’ll admit that I’m really difficult to buy for and I didn’t actually tell him anything that I wanted because there wasn’t really anything I could think of! Each year we give each other Christmas cards but for some reason he insisted we waited until Christmas day to exchange our cards. Assuming he had simply forgotten, I shrugged it off and it wasn’t under after I’d opened some presents from him did he finally pass me my card. Tearing open the envelope, I began to cry as soon as I took in the image in front of me. For stretched across the front was New York (note the Luna Inc, heh). A quick skim inside revealed he was taking me to New York for my 23rd Birthday in three weeks! I have never been so shocked, surprised and grateful for such a wonderful gift, he continues to spoil me all the time. Matt has already decided most of the itinerary – and I’m more than happy to oblige with his plans – but if you have any recommendations such as where to go or where to eat, I’d really love to hear them as New York can be so overwhelming!

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas whatever you were doing and are comfortably full of food! More importantly, I wish you the best 2016 and I look forward to sharing it with you all!

Emily x

  • looks like you got some lovely things. i've tried the white chocolate version of those pretzels and they are delicious!
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  • I love this type of post during Christmas!! mind you some make me a bit sick as some peoples get way too many expensive stuff and I doubt they are being genuine ..anyway yours is lovely ! I am loving the Harry potter book I am a big fan so I can only love it by the way here my latest blog post about Harry Potter :


    also loving the sleepers and the note book πŸ™‚

  • That list pad looks amazing! It's like heaven on earth for a list person hehe πŸ™‚
    I'm planning on purchasing the EH cleansing balm, I'd love to read another review of it though before I do so πŸ˜‰
    Happy New Year girlie!
    Emma xxx


  • You got some lovely bits! Have an amazing time in New York – such a wonderful surprise!
    samantha xx

  • That's so amazing that you're going to New York! My sister lives in lower manhattan and I've been out to visit her and it is just so amazing! I would definitely recommend going to see a theatre show out there if you can as it is just crazy!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  • You got some lovely presents! πŸ™‚ I also got the illustrated Harry Potter book, I was so excited when I opened it!

    Rachel – Cake Doesn't Count xx

  • The Emma Hardie balm is great, but somehow I cant stand the smell throughout pregnancy, which is why I don't use it at the moment.
    Enjoy New York!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • OOO those choc pretzels sound wonderful!


  • You got some lovely things! Your pictures are amazing! Lovely post! I've just followed you on BlogLovin!

    Darriyan x


  • My sister received the illustrated Harry Potter book this year & it's amazing! I look forward to reading all about your trip to New York too – what an lovely gift.

  • I got the illustrated harry potter too, and I love it so much!
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • What a lovely selection of gifts – the New York trip especially, what an amazing treat! You've also made me crave the white chocolate version of those pretzels now, too!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  • I'm a massive Harry Potter fan too and I need that book in my life! And you lucky girl, how lovely is it for him to take you to New York for your birthday? Have fun!

    Reflection of Sanity | StayLean Tea Australia Giveaway

  • That's such a sweet and romantic gesture! Have so much fun in NYC. And I so want that illustrated HP book. So cool! I love looking at other people's Xmas presents haul since I don't celebrate it myself or really get many presents anymore at this age.

    xx Yasmin

  • What lovely and thoughtful presents you got! I really need to get that illustrated Harry Potter book, it looks beautiful. Have an amazing time in New York, it's such a wonderful present!
    Shifting Tales

  • You got so many lovely things! The New York trip is so exciting, how perfect, and what a nice way to get the gift too! You'll have a great time! I've never been although my sister has a few times and she loves it there!

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  • I love the floral pattern on the front of the Paperchase pad – I'm also a serious list-fanatic, so that's totally up my street too! πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  • WOW! New York – what an amazing boyfriend! You must be so excited xx

    Gemma β™₯ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Eeep! You got the Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Book!?? That's amazing, oh gosh I'd love to get one too!


    xx Bash | H E Y Β  B A S HΒ | bloglovin'

  • Those are great gifts, especially the slippers! Hope you had a good holiday πŸ™‚



  • Wow, it was a great Christmas indeed. I want those Flipz Milk Chocolate, badly want to taste them right now. Haha Your boyfriend just got some very great present for you gaaahd. Hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

    Lou | wander-soul.net

  • What treats!
    I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  • You got some lovely gifts and oh wow, I am so jealous you are going to New York! What an amazing surprise! xo


  • Happy New Year! You're going to New York for your birthday… that's amazing! He made such a great surprise for you <3


  • Happy New Year, lovely! That is such a perfect surprise πŸ™‚ Matt sure did great! πŸ˜€
    Woohoo, so excited for you both!
    xox Nadia

  • Wow~ You got so many lovely things! ^^
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  • I've heard so many lovely things about Emma Hardie, I can't believe I've not tried anything by her just yet, i'll have to change that!x


  • those slipper boots look so comfy!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  • Oh my God, the Harry Potter book looks incredible! Also, lovely cleansing balm! Thanks for sharing! x


  • Oh my goodness! I am SO excited for you about New York, ahhh excited for the posts that will be to come!!! πŸ˜€

    P.S. That list book is SO gorgeous, and those boots look so cosy and comfy!


  • Looks like you got some lovely things – but a trip to New York! That's amazing! Have a fabulous time! πŸ™‚


  • You would absolutely love the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, its the best I've ever used! Makes your skin feel silky smooth, and as a bonus you can also use it as a mask aswel if you leave it on for longer! I am literally so jealous you are going to NYC its by far m favourite city! Ive just come back a few days ago and I already miss it. If you like I have written a blog post about it πŸ™‚


    Sally xox

  • You got some beautiful things and your gift from Matt was REALLY adorable. I hope you enjoy every minute of your New York trip and it's your birthday today(thanks twitter)so a massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I know you'll love it <3
    Ramsha | Rose